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to kill a mockingbird

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Jayna Wu

on 15 February 2015

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Transcript of to kill a mockingbird

- Her hometown is Monroeville, Alabama
- She showed the first draft of TKAM to Tay Hohoff and two and a half years of rewriting followed
- Her father was a lawyer and defended two black men accused of murdering a white storekeeper.
- She has worked on two more pieces of literary works but has left them unfinished

childhood hometown of Harper Lee

- Founded in 1702
-Population was 195,111 as 2010
-In the 1900, whites imposed Jim Crow laws to
maintain dominance in Mobile.
-Racism was on the rise

-Lee on why she has not written another book
"Two reasons: one,
I wouldn't go through the
pressure and publicity I went through with To Kill a Mockingbird for any amount of money. Second, I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again.”
to kill a

Did 'Mobile' Exist?
Did Montgomery exist?
- is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama
- is located on the Alabama River
- has a population of 205,764
- second-largest city in Alabama

-The setting (time and place) of TKAMB was the same as when and where Harper Lee lived.
-‘Atticus Finch’, was inspired from Amasa Coleman Lee.
-Finch was the maiden name of Lee's mother.
-The character of Dill was drawn from Capote, Lee's childhood friend.
is the 'mobile register' a real newspaper?
TKAMB, Harper Lee's Background Influence
- founded in 1813
- also known as the ‘press register’
- serves the southwest Alabama counties
- has had a daily publication schedule since 1813 until September 30, 2012

montgomery advertiser
- founded in 1829
- has won three Pulitzer awards
- is a daily newspaper
- the largest of the 22 newspapers published in Alabama.

Tom swift
Boo radley
-Famous adventure novel first published in 1914
-Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
-Stars Tarzan, who was raised by ape Kala
-Continues to be in print today, many
movies based off of it

-Popular book series in the early 1900s for young boys
-Stars a brilliant inventor
-Ran from 1910-1941
-Author: Victor Appleton

our sources

-Boo Radley did not exist.
Did Dracula exist?
The Dracula which Dill watched in 1930 is a real movie but is only one of the adaptations of the original 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Movies were still new in 1930, and Maycomb had no theatre, so Dill became special to the Finch siblings.

Harper Lee alluded to Dracula because of its recent popularity (since the novel was set in the early 1930s), and also because of Jem and Scout's curiosity about Boo Radley.
Did simon finch exist?
Simon Finch was a real person who lived in the same historical setting as the book was set in. He was an ancestor of the real Finch family who lived in England who first migrated to Jamaica then mobile then up the Saint Stephans and into Alabama. He migrated because of methodist persecution in England.


Andrew Jackson
Racial Segregation
Features of a historical fiction book
Characters are real people who did or could have lived in the historical setting.
Place is a particular historical geographical location.
Time is a particular historical period.
Themes are related to life, people, social, good versus evil and usually fit with a historical context or can have conflicting contexts between historically different views
Author usually uses foreshadowing or clues.
Some events include historical events, dialogue, period thoughts, historical accurate.
Third person narrative.
the movie poster of Dracula
Tarzan and
the Apes
- was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837).
- was born into a Scots-Irish farming family
- helped find the state of Tennessee
Tom swift
Amasa Coleman Lee
'Burnt Corn Springs'
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